April 27, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore Jamee Juarez hit a two-run home run in the second inning and went on to pitch her 16th complete game and sixth shutout of the season to lead the Buckeye softball team to a 5-0 win over Bowling Green in game one of a double-header at Buckeye Field Wednesday evening. Ohio State (23-14, 4-6 Big Ten) knocked a season-high six doubles, while Juarez held Bowling Green (23-25, 8-8 MAC) to two hits.
Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) did not walk a batter and allowed just four base runners the entire game. With one strikeout in the game, she moved into a tie for fifth place on Ohio State’s all-time strikeout list with 254. She shares the No. 5 spot with Shelly Eger (1984-87) and is six strikeouts away from No. 4 and current OSU assistant coach Belinda (Cernava) Quisenberry (260, 1990-93).
The win was the 18th of the season for Juarez against 10 losses to move into a tie for fourth place on the single-season wins list with Wendy Allen, who had 18 wins in 2002. The shutout Wednesday was the ninth of Juarez’s career, while the complete game was her 29th.
OSU junior Chelsea Baker (Gahanna, Ohio/DeSales) and sophomore Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) both went 2-for-3 and recorded their first career two-double games. Senior Karisa Evans (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Juarez was 2-for-3. Juarez’s homer was her first of the season and fifth of her career.
After having their previous five games cancelled because of the weather, the Buckeyes improve to 4-1 in their last five games. The shutout was Ohio State’s first since a 5-0 win at California-Riverside March 26, and the two hits allowed were the fewest since that same game.
After Baker doubled with one out in the second inning, Juarez launched her home run to straight away centerfield to put the Buckeyes up, 2-0. Ohio State improves to 20-6 this season when scoring first in the game.
The Buckeyes added two more runs in the fourth inning when Baker knocked her second double of the game and Juarez followed with a single, bringing junior Stacy Hibma (Buena Park, Calif./Valley Christian) to the plate. Hibma laid down an RBI squeeze bunt to the right side, scoring Baker and moving Juarez to second. Koyano then hit her second double to score Juarez and give OSU a 4-0 advantage. Evans then hit a two-out RBI single in the sixth inning, which scored Koyano, who had singled and stolen second base.
Freshman Brittany Vanderink (Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) stole her 13th base of the season, moving closer to the freshman record of 16 set last season by Koyano.
The Buckeyes and Falcons will meet in game two Wednesday at approximately 7:15 p.m.
### GO BUCKS! ###